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December 10, 2012
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  • EPA aims to prioritize, reduce IRIS assessments
    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a reduction of more than 50% in the number of active Integrated Risk Information System assessments in a bid to prioritize assessments and reduce the time needed for each. The American Chemistry Council has called for additional measures to ensure accountability and scientific rigor. "We are encouraged, but there remain many important issues to be addressed and there is a long way to go to implement the permanent changes needed to modernize IRIS," wrote David Fischer, senior director of ACC's Chemical Products and Technology Division, in a recent letter. (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Nanomaterial Product Growth Amid Reg Uncertainty
NANOPARTICLES - Vague regulations have caused uncertainty among nanomaterial producers: limiting potential innovative research and applications, while also allowing manufacturers to implement applications without the need to assess safety. This Bloomberg BNA Insight analyzes all perspectives. Download the free white paper now and get 7 days FREE access to Chemical Regulation Reporter.
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  • Bioplastics to be a winner with shale gas
    Global petrochemical companies that focus on natural gas-fed production of renewable-based chemicals will benefit from a shale-driven increase in ethane production, according to this analysis. "A continued shift to ethane cracking will lead to an ongoing shortage of higher carbon chemicals such as propylene or butadiene. ... This environment is likely also to be supportive of renewable chemistry economics," according to a Morgan Stanley report. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The greenhouse-gas benefits of shale
    The U.S. shale gas boom is helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to a level not seen in 20 years, writes Julie Carey, an energy expert with Navigant Economics. "It is interesting to note that the progress already made can be attributed significantly to natural market solution as the shale gas revolution facilitates the displacement of coal by natural gas-fired power generation without specific government intervention or subsidization," Carey writes. Forbes (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Companies look to build waste-to-energy industry
    Companies are pursing multiple technologies that could take municipal waste and convert it into energy. "We have the ability to convert them [waste products] far more efficiently into much more money. ... The money is the best part of the green in that it needs to be economically viable to be a commercially sustainable process," said Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO of Fiberight, which converts waste into sugars at a demonstration facility. (subscription required) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take big risks, or you're guaranteed to fail
    Bosses should be willing to take big risks, otherwise they'll never succeed, says Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "If there is no risk, you have already missed the boat. Your competitors will already be there," Perkins says. Knowledge@Wharton (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The reports released during the past week indicate that the manufacturing sector contracted in November, possibly the result of Hurricane Sandy. Manufacturing is likely to rebound as the effects of Sandy dissipate and as the housing recovery provides support for the sector. All eyes were on Friday's employment report, which was better than expected as unemployment dipped to its lowest rate since 2008. However, that was due to a large drop in the number of people participating in the labor force. Employment gains also beat expectations, but the trend remains slow-growing.

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